Milta Ortiz

Milta Ortiz

Milta Ortiz is a playwright from the Bay Area, who now calls Tucson home. Recently, she drafted Sanctuary and a few poems at Djerassi Resident Artist program. She wrote and directed Solving for X for the Working Classroom in Albuquerque (2016-17). Her play, Más was produced at Su Teatro in Denver (March 2017,) and co-produced in the Bay Area by Laney College (March, 2016) and Ubuntu Theater Project (May 2016.)...
Milta Ortiz is a playwright from the Bay Area, who now calls Tucson home. Recently, she drafted Sanctuary and a few poems at Djerassi Resident Artist program. She wrote and directed Solving for X for the Working Classroom in Albuquerque (2016-17). Her play, Más was produced at Su Teatro in Denver (March 2017,) and co-produced in the Bay Area by Laney College (March, 2016) and Ubuntu Theater Project (May 2016.) Más premiered at Borderlands Theater in September 2015 and was nominated for a Steinberg-ATCA Award, a Tucson Mac award for best drama and toured Arizona Universities in 2016 and 2017. Más was developed at Borderlands Theater through an NNPN residency, selected to the Latino Theater Commons Carnaval play festival and made the Kilroy List. Other produced plays include 21st, 20th, 19th, 18th Annual A Tucson Pastorela, Sonoran Shadows, Disengaged, Fleeing Blue and Scatter My Red Underwear. Milta worked extensively as a teaching artist and received individual artist grants to write, develop and produce her solo work in the Bay Area. She teaches theater at Pima Community College. Milta earned an M.F.A. from Northwestern University’s Writing for the Screen and Stage program and a Creative Writing B.A. from San Francisco State University. She is a proud mom to bubbly preschooler.

Plays

  • Sanctuary
    When Carol and Micha find out about detained Salvadorans fleeing civil war, they set out to process political asylum applications. After meeting Victor, a Salvadoran in a Border Patrol detention center, they realize that they're going to need help. They call on Father Hartford who processes hard-edged Nidia, a Salvadoran with strong opinions. They enlist Jeff Chord, who sits on the National Presbyterian...
    When Carol and Micha find out about detained Salvadorans fleeing civil war, they set out to process political asylum applications. After meeting Victor, a Salvadoran in a Border Patrol detention center, they realize that they're going to need help. They call on Father Hartford who processes hard-edged Nidia, a Salvadoran with strong opinions. They enlist Jeff Chord, who sits on the National Presbyterian Council and before long Quaker Will Hewitt joins the group with ideas of his own. But Nidia and Victor are on opposite sides of the war, the number of detained Salvadorans keeps growing, and the group has to come to terms with their personal issues, and choose between the law of man and the law of God.
  • Más
    Based on a true story. A community struggles to hold onto their history, identity, and humanity as they fight to save Mexican American Studies in the Tucson Unified School District.
  • Disengaged
    Follows the lives of seven youth as they struggle to attend and stay in school. Based on youth testimony from story circles and educator interviews on the drop out crisis in Phoenix. *testimony and interviews used as source material.
  • Fleeing Blue
    Max is thrust into an unexpected journey, when detained along with Chepe as part of Mando’s initiation into the death squad. A hauntingly familiar guide helps him along the way as he grapples with himself in a warn torn reality.
  • You, Me, and Tuno
    Written in vernacular, You, Me, and Tuno is a poetic journey that questions boundaries in the search for home. When teens, Marisol and Luna's parents leave to pick pomegranates in the fields of Fresno, California, they are left with their Tia and cousin, Tuno in East Oakland. The three teens venture out of the familiarity and danger of their opportunity desert hood, to the aisles of “Real Foods” to taste a...
    Written in vernacular, You, Me, and Tuno is a poetic journey that questions boundaries in the search for home. When teens, Marisol and Luna's parents leave to pick pomegranates in the fields of Fresno, California, they are left with their Tia and cousin, Tuno in East Oakland. The three teens venture out of the familiarity and danger of their opportunity desert hood, to the aisles of “Real Foods” to taste a pomegranate. The quest tests their relationship to each other, the opportunity desert they call home, and their understanding of who they are.
  • Lilac Roses
    Mamá Inez takes a sudden fall and lands in the hospital. Now the family must deal with heath insurance issues and what is unsaid between each other.